As journalists flock to the region and well-off Syrians flee their country to rent safer homes, the Turkish border province rebounds from a dip in tourism, but these are revenues they're eager to replace.
The Syrian conflict has largely driven tourists away from Turkey’s border province of Antakya, but hotels are full due to an influx of journalists that some say is too good to last.
“Hotels are making profits out of the Syrian crisis. We are currently 70 to 80 percent full even on the worst day,” said Evren Hamasoglu, chief receptionist at a hotel in the province that forms the western-most part of the Turkish-Syrian border.
“In the past, Arab tourists filled the hotels but now they are being replaced by journalists to a large extent,” he added.
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